April 4, 2017

FELLOW TRAVELING:

The cowardly spectacle of the anti-anti-Trump movement (Damon Linker, April 4, 2017, The Week)

The classic case is the anti-anti-communism espoused by some liberals during and after the McCarthy era. Yes, the Soviet Union was a menace, these liberals maintained, but even worse, perhaps, were Americans who were too zealous in their anti-communism. Hence the need to focus on the danger these anti-communists posed to liberal democratic government.

It's not that all or even many anti-anti-communists were intentionally pro-communist. But the effect of their consistent emphasis on the dangers of anti-communism was to downplay the seriousness of the threat posed by the Soviet Union.

One of the strangest developments in this very strange moment in American politics is the rebirth of politics by negation, this time on the right -- in the form of anti-anti-Trumpism, which effectively argues that the president's liberal opponents are somehow worse than this phenomenally bad president.

The obvious point is that both the Left and the Right--but I repeat myself--are fundamentally reactionary.  But it has been hilarious to watch the putatively anti-Trumpers become so ragingly pro-Trump since he won.

Posted by at April 4, 2017 8:25 AM

  

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